The cast of the film features a who’s who of local talent, including Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Frank Opperman, Deon Lotz, and Elzabe Zietsman, along with cameos from names such as Bouwer Bosch and Anne Hirsch. Etienne Fourie is the film’s writer/director, and is best known for his work on Die Windpomp.
Marita van der Vyver will be doing book signings and meet-and-greets (along with the director and some of the cast members) at screenings of the film scheduled for Ster-Kinekor, Tygervalley on Saturday, 27 August (15:15 show) and Ster-Kinekor Kolonnade in Pretoria on Sunday, 28 August (17:00 show).
Dis Koue Kos, Skat tells the story of food writer, Clara Brand (Anna-Mart van der Merwe), who after discovering that her husband, Bernard (Deon Lotz) had been unfaithful to her with one of her best friends (Angelique Gerber), decides to make a fresh start in Cape Town with her two children and their pug, Tjoklit, and sets off on a journey of healing and revenge. When seven students, all men, show up at Clara’s new cooking class, her best friend, Minette (Elzabé Zietsman), is convinced that the universe is sending her a message – it is time for a revival of her love life.
Thus, after being married for two decades, Clara dares to venture into the world of dating. Clara experiences the different phases of her recovery process – anger, acceptance, the mending of ties with her ex-husband, the ongoing effort to ensure that her children have a normal upbringing, and the possibility of a brand new romance, with attempts at dignity, a sense of humour and, of course, delicious food.
Clara’s story is one of new beginnings, humour, heartache, and adventure. Revenge is a dish best served cold and, if there is one thing that Clara is sure of, it is that there is a recipe for every occasion – or disaster.
“Dis Koue Kos, Skat, which is based on Marita van der Vyver’s novel, is a story about betrayal, jealousy, the importance of family, starting over, and revenge. These themes are universal and we all can, in one way or another, connect to it. For me, it is important to personally relate to every story that I tell, whether it’s my own story or someone else’s. My philosophy is that I cannot expect somebody else to be interested in a story, if I am not crazy about it myself and also if I don’t wholeheartedly believe in it,” says Fourie.
The film will have its official premiere at KykNET’s Silwerskermfees in Cape Town on Thursday, 25 August.
You can watch the trailer here